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Profile Evaluation/Career Advice :) [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2011, 05:41
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I am a 24 yr old Indian Male currently working IT Sector having 15 Months of Experience. Would be grateful if you could provide me a profile Eval/Career Advice.
My Existing Profile is as Follows
GPA 6.1/10(61%) in Mechanical Engineering from N.I.T Jalandhar (belonging to a list of prestigious state sponsored schools)
GRE 800Q + 610V AWA 4.0 (will prolly be obsolete by the time i submit my BSchool App) TOEFL 100
A certificate in software testing from ISTQB and two internships in manufacturing companies.

I have a pretty average-below average undergrad score (wasnt serious enough coupled with a department high of 8/10). Although I did everything to get into a core job, I couldnt and had to satisfy with a poorly paid easy software job

My ultimate aim is to pursue MBA in US from a top 10-20 college(I am excluding top 10 coz my undergrad being so horrible they wont consider me anyway and m not a genius to develop something overnight or too risk averse to go down the entrepreneurship bandwagon

I am currently applying to MEM(Duke, Cornell CWRU) and IE (NCSU VTech and TAMU) programs in US with the hope that
1. i would study hard there.. manage a >3.5 GPA there and improve my academic credentials for MBA app, gain international work ex.
2. Also working in US would help me fund the MBA with the dollar paycheck, also since i would have close to 3-5 yrs of experience).

Do you think its a correct approach?? Also could you give me some tips as to how i can improve the likelihood of admit, also to a top 10 school
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Re: Profile Evaluation/Career Advice :) [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2011, 22:31
1. You are right. Building alternative transcript with great performance is the right step in addressing your weak under grad performance, even though its from a good institution.

2. Get some more quality work experience. Average work experience for the top business schools is around 4 years.

3. Build up those extracurricular with some sweet leadership stories.
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Re: Profile Evaluation/Career Advice :) [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2011, 05:05
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You might need to prove to the admission committee that your GPA won’t be an issue. If you can tell in your application about any extra classes or courses you undertook in the subjects that you did not do well. This would highlight your zeal to learn and improve and in turn improve your low GPA situation.
To improve your top ten chances we would advise the following as you have sufficnet time to build your profile. Since you are aiming for top schools then a score above 700 is desirable. However GMAT alone won’t determine your chances of admission; beyond the academics will also help you in determining your candidature and your work experience plays a vital role as well. In general most of the Indian applicants are from engineering background with a good 4-5 years of work experience. So you would need to differentiate yourself from others. Start thinking what makes you unique and what’s that ‘hook’ that will be key to your application. Make sure you follow the ‘show rather than tell’ principle so that the admissions committee could really understand your strengths and differentiating factors Although it is not just the work experience that counts but also what you did there like-what were your achievements, what initiative you took, what changes you drove in your workplace etc. So you need to ensure that in 4 years of work experience you have demonstrated the skills business schools are looking for. This could still put in a strong set of essays for you.
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Re: Profile Evaluation/Career Advice :)   [#permalink] 23 Nov 2011, 05:05
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